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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Italian Chicken



This was a great all in one dish! Everyone loved it and the flavor was fantastic. By using the fat free salad dressing it was a yummy low fat dish. A keeper for sure!
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
16 Ounce Bottle of Italian Dressing (I used non fat)
1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese
Italian Seasoning
4-6 Potatoes scrubbed cut in half or wedges (you can peel if desired)
1/2 bag of mini carrots
Spray crock with Pam
Squirt a small amount of Italian dressing at bottom of crock-pot.
Place two chicken breasts in crock.
Pour some of the Italian dressing on the chicken.
Sprinkle half of cheese onto the chicken.
Sprinkle Italian seasoning onto the chicken.
Place next two chicken breasts into crock-pot, if possible not directly on top of the first breasts.
Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of chicken.
Pour carrots on top
Pour more of the Italian dressing on top of chicken and carrots.
Sprinkle Italian seasoning onto the chicken and carrots.
Place potatoes on top.
Pour the remaining Italian dressing on the potatoes.Sprinkle Italian seasoning on the potatoes.Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

87 comments:

  1. This looks so yummy and EASY! Thank you for making my life a little less hectic after coming home from work. Definitely trying this tomorrow!

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  2. This went in the crockpot this morning. Can't wait to try it.

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    1. You are not supposed to put frozen chicken in a crock pot. Defrost first.

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    2. Thanks!!!! I am learning and this looks delicious. Had I not read this I would have put in frozen chicken as well.

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    3. You actually can put frozen chicken in a crock pot, just cook it on low.

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    4. I put frozen chicken in the slow cooker all the time... it will be just fine.

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  4. I will make this recipe sometime this week, but will add some fresh green beans and maybe some corn!

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  5. I will be trying it tomorrow :) thx for recipe

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  6. We tried this and it was a HUGE hit! I love your blog!

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  7. I also have the same question. Chicken frozen or thawed? Thanks!

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    1. I always do frozen. .it works for me. .on low :)

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    2. I found that if I didn't use frozen chicken, the chicken got dry by the time the potatoes finished. Frozen worked perfect.

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  8. Do you think that this could be prepared ahead of time and frozen, minus the potatoes and cheese, and then cooked?

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  9. Made this last night for my guests, yummy, and so simple.

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  10. made this for dinner tonight! AMAZING! I love this blog and look forward to being inspired by it in the future! (also looking forward to bragging you up on my page!)

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  11. I'm wondering about frozen/thawed chicken as well. Thanks!

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    1. I typically put my chicken in frozen. My crock pot seems to overcook things if left in too long. The frozen meat seems to help.

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  12. it was awesome even hubby loved it ( I did not used diet :) )

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  13. if I cooked it on high for a faster finish time, how long do you think i'd have to cook it for?!

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    1. I cooked it on high four hours, then low one more hour. It probably could have been done after four; I didn't actually check it then.

      So easy and very flavorful! Thanks!

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    2. Thanks..I am coin git on high too, Ill check after 4hrs. I really don't want to wait 8!

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  14. You can use frozen but just cook it an extra hour or two. I try to avoid cooking on high because I find that chicken gets really dried out. I so glad you guys like the blog. It has been so much fun!

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  15. Is the Italian seasoning the dry dressing mix or the herb mix that's with spices?

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  16. I have the same question. Is this an Italian seasoning packet or a herb mix in spice container? With each, how much of it do I use?

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  17. With the spices although you could use either one. I just sprinkled it on no set amount.

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  18. I just found this on Pinterest.... Looks delish! I'm making it for my mom's birthday tomorrow... Going to cut down on the potatoes, and serve over pasta. :)

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  19. Questions about the Italian seasonings...is there a name brand for it? Is it a packet, like the dry salad dressing mix?

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  20. Italian seasonings can be found in the spice aisle of your local grocery store. They come in several different brands including McCormick and Trader's Choice.

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  21. This was EXCELLENT!! And so easy! Thank you :)

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  22. Every time I try a boneless skinless chicken recipe the texture of the chicken seems strange to me when cooked. Any suggestions?

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  23. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I already put together the ingredients and put in the refrigerator for tomorrows dinner!

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  24. This didn't work out for me :( I cooked it on low for 8 hours and the chicken came out dry and the veggies were too acidic and soaked. I wasted a lot of food ;-(

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  25. Found you through Pinterest... SO EASY AND SO YUMMY! Literally SO GOOD. Followed directions as posted, 7 hours. Probably the best chicken I ever made. :) Thank you

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  26. Im so glad it turned out for you, it is one of our favorites for sure!

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  27. Paulina - Usually more veggies and less Italian dressing helps me when that happens. They supply extra moisture without upping the zestiness quotient. I might try this and add some zucchini. That ought to keep it nice and moist!

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  28. Would it hurt to use the packaged ice glazed frozen bonelss skinless chicken breast tenderloins? Should I thaw or rinse them first? I usually have this on hand.

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  29. Trying this tonight. My crock pot always cooks chicken beautifully so can't wait!! I am crunched for time though so hoping it works out on high. I will update :)

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  30. Just put in the crockpot for tonight!! Looks very good!! Will comment back with the family consensus, because that is the most important thing!! ;)

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  31. I've made this 4 times now and love it! It's perfect as a meal to deliver to friends. The one thing I found is that it's very different with a light dressing. Not nearly as tasty (but expected, I suppose). I hope you don't mind, but I linked to it on my blog littleolsen.blogspot.com. I've had friends asking for the recipe, so I sent them your way. :)

    Angela

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    1. it would be a great dinner to take to people. Thanks for that idea!

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  32. My crock pot has a low 8 hours and high 6. Which would be best?

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  33. What Italian dressing are you using. What I used was far too strong. It may have separated during cooking.? My husband is not too picky and even he didn't like it. Looks so good I want to try it again with a better dressing. Do you use a creamy dressing verses regular Italian?

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  34. Any clue as to the calorie count in this dish? It's in my crockpot as I type. My house smells amazing and I can't wait to try it! <3

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  35. I found your recipe on Pinterest, and I just put the lid on my crock pot about an hour ago. I can't wait for dinner!! We've all had a nasty flu bug, and I'm hoping a good home cooked "mommy meal" will help everyone feel better. However, being sick myself I sure didn't feel like being in the kitchen. Thank you for sharing such wonderful, easy, quick recipes!! I can't wait for dinner. :)

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  36. Going to try this recipe this week or next :-)
    I have all the ingredients, just waiting to try it out lol

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  37. I did not have success making this, i used Kraft brand dressing which I use as a marinade often and love it. The chicken had a weird texture from all the acid in the dressing and everything had a strange flavor from the bottled dressing. Any suggestions on a different brand?

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  38. Based on previous comments I'm confused as to the Italian dressing that is being used for this. Is it powder? I bought actual liquid dressing in a bottle. This dish is cooking as I type this. It smells amazing btw. I was also, curious about the chicken frozen or thawed?

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  39. I made this recipe tonight and after 8 hours on high my veggies were under cooked but my chicken was awesome. If I make it again I may consider putting the potatoes in the middle and carrots on top.

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  40. Out if parm, romano cheese it is lol can't wait to try this!

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  41. Made this tonight and we love it. And we'll definitely be putting it into our menu rotation. Found you on pinterest. :)

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  42. Can't wait to try it--- never thought about putting the chicken in frozen. That actually would helpful- 1. We put everything together the night before when making lunches so we just have to drop in the crock pot when getting coffee and remembering to pull out the chicken TWO days before is sometimes- too much! LOL. and 2. We start the crockpot at 6:45 AM and aren't ready to eat until 5:00 (or 7:00 PM for hubby) and sometimes things dry out.... THANKS!

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  43. if i were to put the crock pot on high how long would it have to cook for? i saw this earlier on pinterest but it wouldnt let me look any further and i finally found it now after getting everything i need to make this. my chicken is almost thawed out. is there any way i can make the cook time faster? i am new to cooking. only been coking for a few months and this will be my first time with the crock pot. any tips would be greatly appriciated.

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  44. This was amazing! It took a bit longer in my crock pot (I have a smaller one and it was pretty full.) My husband was seriously impressed by it. Sending him the recipe to make it for guests tonight! I'm also an attorney so I appreciate a fast easy meal!

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  45. I used regular Kraft Italian dressing and that was the overwhelming taste. It was like drinking dressing right from the bottle and I couldn't eat the dinner at all.

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  46. I made this yesterday using frozen chicken and Wishbone Italian dressing. I only used half a bottle and added some water when the dressing had soaked into everything. It was so delicious!! I gave the recipe to my mother and she made it today with the same delicious turnout! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  47. I plan on using lowfat dressing to tone down the Italian dressing flavor and I'll probably par-boil the potatoes just a smidge before adding them to the crockpot because I like them to be fall-apart soft. I can't wait to try this, it sounds so good!

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  48. Has anyone tried to mix everything together, freeze, then cook in the crock? And how much italian seasoning is everyone using?

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  49. I'm with Melanie — I'd like to make this for a friend, but I need to freeze all of it (not just the chicken). Any ideas? Anyone done this?

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  50. potatoes do not freeze well even cooked. If you cook and mash them with sour cream or cream cheese you can freeze them.

    I am not quite sure why people use frozen meats in the crockpot as it been proven that frozen meat does not get up to a safe temperature quick enough to ward off bacteria growth. Just my two cents.

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  51. Will grated parmesan work? Or is shredded the best?

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  52. Just went in the crock pot. I am so excited to try this.

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  53. how many people does this recipe feed?

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  55. I saw a few people say they wanted to tone down the Italian flavor, I suggest just leaving out the Italian dressing and adding a can of crushed tomatoes, then season as you wish.

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  56. My family loved this-and it was so easy!

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  57. Do you use frozen or fresh boneless chicken breasts? I was wanting to make this tomorrow night for dinner and wasn't sure if I need to thaw some out tonight. Thanks!

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  58. Just wrote down the ingredients and recipe. Going to shop on Saturday and make this some time next week. Excited to try it!

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  59. I will be trying this for dinner tomorrow...thanks for all the comments and suggestions!! I will post my review after results :)

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  60. Just put this in the crock for dinner tonight, but with a bottle of Greek dressing instead since I didn't have Italian dressing on hand. Hoping it tastes as good as it looks!

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  61. Just put this in crock pot for tonight. One less thing I have to worry about on this manic Monday.

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  63. Just put it in the crock pot for tonight's dinner. I'm on a low carb diet so I left the potatoes out. Looks delicious and smells yummy!

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  64. I found this recipe on pinterest many months ago. I just wanted to say that this recipe is so easy and I have made it several times as it has become a regular meal now. The only thing that I do different from the recipe is added some pearl onions. Thanks for this recipe!

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  65. Squirt a small amount of Italian dressing at bottom of crock-pot. ... qcrockpot.blogspot.com

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  66. What kind of potatoes did you use?

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  67. this was amazing. I used wishbone Italian dressing and red poatoes. It was a family favorite.

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  68. Just made this tonight and it was amazing! My picky 5 year old even ate the veggies! My husband isn't a fan of chicken and he has asked me to make this a regular meal now. Thanks so much for making weekday night dinners easy!!

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  69. Can you use sweet potatoes instead?

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  70. I am going to make this but I am going to cut up the chicken into chunks, sort of like you do with beef stew, and cut up red potatoes to put on top.

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  71. Have made this many times!! We love it and I use sweet potatoes instead of red.

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